Nigeria ended up in second place behind Madagascar in Group B which means they gave up the opportunity to play one of the best third placed teams.
Defending champions Cameroon’s 0-0 draw with the Squirrels of Benin Republic coupled with Ghana’s Black Star’s 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau yesterday, means that the Indomitable Lions will play Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the second round of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Nigeria and Cameroon are age long rivals in on the continent, with the Indomitable Lions usually coming out tops, especially when the stakes are high.
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The Super Eagles qualified for the knockout phase after finishing as Group B runners-up following their 2-0 defeat to Madagascar.
Clarence Seedorf’s men conceded Group F’s top spot to Ghana because the Black Stars scored more goals. Cameroon must now beat Gernot Rohr’s side for a place in the last eight.
Nigeria defeated Cameroon 2-1 in their last outing in the competition with Jay-Jay Okocha and John Utaka finding the target at the 2004 edition staged in Tunisia.
The Super Eagles will play the Indomitable Lions on Saturday at the Alexandria Stadium.